An increasingly urban world will probably mean spiralling
consumption and greater affluence for many. But it also means
greater poverty for the urban underprivileged. Poor urban living
conditions and associated environmental and health risks could
impact all areas of the world, including Europe.
New supermarkets in the area can reduce business for smaller shops. Pollution and congestion would be significantly less if consumers frequented their local shops, rather than travelling long distances to out-of-town shopping centres.
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